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  1. The lesson from years past that we forgot on Saturday was was that in this particular big block, no matter where the chase starts, the rabbits sooner or later will eventually run to one particular inpenetrable refuge consisting of a huge tangle of trees that were flattened by a micro-burst. Its like a bunny fortress that no man or dog can penetrate (where's a trained ferret when you need one?). We should have had a hunter or three permanently camped out in that spot.
  2. Great to hear of others out there chasing them. Sometimes when we return to a public bush, the only footprints we see in the snow are the ones we made the last time we were there! LOL
  3. Don't worry 007. We hunt some big blocks and experience the same thing. Smaller chunks or hedgerows where you can get a shot on the first pass are always the best. The main reason we had little shooting on Saturday even though we had chases the whole time was that there was simply too much bush for us to cover. The rabbits were running but we weren't seeing them. The big bush allowed the rabbits to run big circles and eventually give the dogs the slip. Keep in mind we had 3 dogs. Hunting with one dog in big blocks is that much tougher.
  4. Saturday's results were non-stop chases all morning, 2 bunnies in the bag and 1 that escpaed down a hole. This is break-time after rabbit #2:
  5. MNR's mandate eventually being folded into the MOE is barely a secret anymore and is certainly worrisome. As for those current reg changes under consideration, most of them are quite frankly items that should never have been regulated in the first place. Most of them have been ignored an unenforced since their inception. The one that comes to mind that appears to be missing from the list is the permit to possess a coyote or wolf pelt in jurisdiction where there is an open & closed season.
  6. Just this morning as I was driving along Regional Rd. 24 I was lamanting that where only months ago there were a bunch of hedgerows, now there is one big field. All thats left are a few roots to be cleaned up. Can't blame the farmer; its the ecomonics which drive his farming practices.
  7. I'm guessing those good ol' days predate me and harken back to a time when individual fields were smaller and more hedgerows criss-crossed the land. In the 30 years that I've been shooting bunnies in front of merry little hounds with floppy ears and white tipped tails, connecting on 3 rabbits in a day is just fine. Generally there's still lots of rabbits (its cyclical of course) inside the available habitat (which there is less of), but its sure easier to connect on rabbits in hedgerows (better shooting sight-lines) than it is in blocks of cover. I can think of hunts last season where the dogs never stopped chasing all day long, yet we came home with only 1 rabbit. Lots running, just couldn't see them to shoot! LOL
  8. THIS SUCKS! Signed, Disgruntled Rabbit Hunter
  9. That was Jack McQuire''s old trick! R.I.P. Jack.
  10. A year ago I would have said "no, absolutley not". But I've since seen indications that I've got to keep an eye on and nip in the bud. Didn't help this past weekend when the fresh deer tracks outnumbered hare tracks 100:1.
  11. Tried to do a bit of snowshoe hare hunting up north but had to call it off because the deer were just too much of a temptation for the beagle. Normally the deer have vacated the area by now and moved to the Loring deer yard. This time though, every evergreen swamp was a mini deer yard, totally trampled flat by deer. Never seen anything like it there in 30 years! I guess there's just not enough snow yet to fully trigger the migration to winter range.
  12. At least it will give some people something to do. For 2 weekends in January they will be idle no more.
  13. The article is wrong; this is not a hunt, its a population cull. There is no denying that the deer population in Shorthills needs to be reduced, but its purely politics that has lead to a cull by First Nations rather than a managed annual hunt open to all licensed Ontario hunters to apply. But let them have their cull. Even if I was allowed to participate, I would decline. I've got other places to hunt where I won't be harassed by the Tilley Hats.
  14. I'll say! Its one of my all-time favourite passtimes!
  15. Now that you mention it, I do believe that photo was taken on what would be her last hunt after 12 seasons as a rabbit's worst nightmare. This snow we have now signals the start of the 3rd season for the "new" beagle! In fact, we'll be going on a little warm-up run in the morning!
  16. All good advice above! I like #6 shot. For years my standard bunny buster was a .410 cut back to a Modified choke (or thereabouts!). Nowadays I carry a sweet little 20 ga. SxS that weighs just a tad over 5 lbs. and is choked Cyl. & Cyl. We hunt thickets and I can't remember the last time I had to pass up a shot because it was too far.
  17. This south-paw wants to know; is that really a lefty .22 bolt or did you reverse the image?
  18. Good going Bones! Thank goodness for helpers with machines!
  19. We've been seeing deer every hunt so far. Congratulations on your buck! How far was the recovery?
  20. The biggest score is all the steaks that I took out of the buck and all the sausage & pepperettes that the butcher is making for me! WOOHOO! As far as the antlers go, a friend of mine with an eye for such things estimated that it might have grossed in the low 150's if it had better symmetry, but because the right side tines are shorter than the left, he's thinking net 140. My P.B. for sure (meat and headgear)! Drop on by and have a look!
  21. Not to mention the size of the bank account needed!
  22. Congrats to your friend! I recall one shot around Grimsby a few years ago.
  23. That's terrific Meatface! I know that my northern deer hunt is the highlight of my year. There's really something special about hunting the big woods where you smell the pines and watch otters, but do not smell manure or have to listen to back-up beepers. Those northern deer eat where they sleep, sleep where they eat and are dang hard to pattern. Makes hunting southern deer seem easy (almost), with their well worn paths between bedding and feeding areas. Good luck!
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